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Study History at OSU

Because history is...
more than just a collection of facts about the past. History is community, debate, identity. History is our map to the present. Students can pursue the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in History alongside faculty who have earned a reputation for excellence in teaching, public engagement, and scholarship. With courses covering all geographic spaces and time periods and specializations in the American West, Native American History, and Public History, students with a wide variety of interests and career goals will find a home in the Department of History.

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Undergraduate Studies

Our courses give students a broad understanding of the evolution of civilizations, peoples, countries, and institutions. The department's instruction is designed to aid students interested in education, law, journalism, business, public service, and even scientific and technical disciplines.

Graduate Studies

Our graduate program offers an M.A., Ph.D., and a graduate certificate in Museum and Curatorial Studies for students interested in pursuing advanced study in a wide range of historical fields.

Public History

Check for award notices either at your official OSU email or, for new undergraduate students, in the mail.

Upcoming Events

An afternoon with internationally-known playwright Dr. Erika Hughes
Join the Fae Rawdon Norris Foundation for the Humanities, the OSU Department of History, Program in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies, and the Philosophy Department's Friends of the Forms for an afternoon talk with internationally-known theatre director and playwright Dr. Erika Hughes. Dr. Hughes, a performance studies scholar and director of Holocaust theater, will be on the Stillwater campus to speak about her one-act play, The Amazing Life of Margot Heuman. Free and open to the public, “Staging History: Performance, Holocaust Testimony, and an Amazing Lesbian Life" is Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 3:30-5:00 PM at OSU-Stillwater in the Social Sciences and Humanities Building (SSH) first floor “Parlor Room.”
Staging history photo


OSU History Graduate Elected Phi Alpha Theta Vice President
Hosok O, who earned his Ph.D. in History from OSU, was recently elected Vice President of Phi Alpha Theta. He was inaugurated on January 7, 2023, during the PAT Biennial Convention at Albuquerque, NM. Phi Alpha Theta is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. Hosok's wife Yukie also earned her Ph.D. in History from OSU. Learn more about Hosok from his official PAT bio
Hosok PAT Image

Faculty Publications

"Why It Matters: Talks on the American Past"
In the past year, History Department faculty published five new books. To celebrate the authors and share their expertise with the public, the department launched a five-part public program series called, "Why It Matters: Talks on the American Past." Check out each of the talks below as well as a complete list of faculty book publications.

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With a broad range of thematic and regional expertise, our faculty work closely with students to pursue their interests.

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